First Step Forward by Liora Blake * New Release * Review * PB Giveaway

Posted November 29, 2016 by Yesi in Book Release, Book Reviews, Giveaways / 4 Comments

First Step Forward (Grand Valley, #1) by Liora Blake
Also by this author: True North, True Devotion, True Divide, Second Chance Season, Ready for Wild
Published by Pocket Books on November 29th 2016
Pages: 368
ISBN: 1501155113

Pro-football player Cooper Lowry is off the field and into some trouble—in the form of a very alluring, very free-spirited apple orchard owner named Whitney Reed—in the first installment in Liora Blake’s all new Grand Valley series.

After eight seasons playing pro-football, Cooper Lowry knows all the right answers.

Is he stubborn, short-tempered, and impatient? Yes. Are jersey chasers more trouble than they’re worth? Absolutely. Has he ever imagined a life beyond the game? Nope.

Cooper has built an enviable career—the result of staying focused, working hard, and keeping his head on straight—even as his body takes the brunt. So when a hard hit during a Sunday home game leaves him in a dazed heap on the field, it’s nothing more than another day at the office. The only thing that’s different about this Sunday is a chance encounter with a certain fascinating, beautiful free-spirited woman. And some sternly-worded instructions from his coach to take a little time off and give his body the TLC it craves—before he does lasting damage.

Whitney Reed is a few months away from losing the organic fruit orchard she bought three years ago in the tiny town of Hotchkiss, Colorado. At the time, she was just looking for a place to get lost. Instead, she found a home, somewhere she could finally put down roots. Now foreclosure is knocking on her door—along with a grumpy, gorgeous football player who might be just what she never knew she needed.

A charming love story for romance and sports fans alike, First Step Forward is a sexy, heartwarming romp perfect for readers of Jennifer Probst, Kristan Higgins, and Julie James.

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Yesi’s Thoughts

There so many good things to say about this book. First Step Forward is the first book in the new Grand Valley series by Liora Blake and I can’t recommend it enough. What a fantastic way to kick off a new series. All of my favorites are included in this book… a hot alpha football player, a beautiful, independent woman, and a crazy opposites totally attract story. LOVED it!

Cooper and Whitney meet in the most unconventional way… it’s both funny and a bit painful all around. They part ways of course but soon after come together when Cooper just can’t get her out of his and is “forced” to go see her. You know, because apple butter tastes so much better from the sexy farmer girl. In a story where the two main characters couldn’t lead any more different lives, it was just so much fun to read. Cooper and Whitney have amazing chemistry. She is a bit crazy, has a great sense of humor, and yet is so stubborn. He is oddly romantic, sweet, and oh so very hot. And while for a good part of the book Whitney’s stubbornness did have me wanting to throw my Kindle, I couldn’t have asked for a better developed storyline.

First Step Forward is a funny, witty, sexy, sweet, and just a bit quirky contemporary romance. It will make you smile, it will make you ache, and it will make you swoon. Cooper will totally steal your heart and you will in love with this beautifully told story! It truly is a great way to kick off a new series. Well done Ms. Blake. I can’t wait for the second installment!


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About Liora Blake

Liora Blake is a contemporary romance author living in Colorado. Although her path to here was paved with a million detours, plenty of pitfalls, and many a crisis of faith, she thinks it’s a pretty amazing place to be. She writes because it’s what she’s always wanted to do, she writes novels because she likes to tell the whole story, and she writes romance because a happily ever after is the best kind of story to tell.

When she isn’t writing, she’s likely baking cookies she shouldn’t eat, inventing elaborate excuses to avoid going for a run, or asking the nice barista to sell her another quad-shot Americano.

Liora is represented by Victoria Lowes of The Bent Agency.

4 responses to “First Step Forward by Liora Blake * New Release * Review * PB Giveaway

  1. Margaret

    First Step Forward looks delicious. Just got a sample sent to my Kindle and put the book on my wish list in the hope that Santa checks. Good luck with the release!

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